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Speed Networking

Moderator Gina Sisbarro (third from left) answers questions after the speed networking event. PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman There it is — networking in 60 seconds! Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce recently challenged about 30 members and guests to promote themselves and their businesses during a “speed networking” tutorial led by Gina Sisbarro, local children’s theater director and guide of Marco Island Murder and Mayhem Ghost Tour. Participants sat in one of two lines of chairs, facing each other. Those seated on the left spoke first. Then it was the right-siders turn to give their introductions. After two minutes, Sisbarro gave the signal to switch and the right siders slipped into the next seat, while ... Read More »

Change Comes to Code Enforcement

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Since April, Marco Island’s Code Enforcement Department has been quietly undergoing reconstructive surgery. It started with the assignment of city Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to the three-person department to carefully examine all means and methods used by enforcement officers. The process will continue through this year as City Manager Roger Hernstadt and the City Council make crucial decisions about hiring a magistrate and organizing a new City Code Advisory Committee. “Nancy was a good, impartial person to bring in there and examine how (the department) was handling its responsibilities in an unbiased way,” explains Hernstadt. ... Read More »

Lunch with MIPD Chief Al Schettino

New community service officer bicycle courtesy of the Marco Island Police Foundation. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was a packed house for Marco Island Chief of Police Al Schettino’s first “Lunch with the Chief.” Sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation, the lunch was held at Hideaway Beach Club on Oct. 9. Schettino began with a state-of-the-department-type address, outlining all of the changes he has made to the department since taking over in July, which include the full staffing of MIPD, the department’s new community outreach programs and new community service officers, and the implementation of extensive skills training. Additionally, Schettino announced that MIPD will be working the Marco Island Fire-Rescue ... Read More »

Marco’s Newest Task Force

Local realtor Marv  Needles discusses the new task force with the Marco Island Planning Advisory Board. PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman Marco Island’s newest task force on rental regulation already has one meeting under its belt and a second planned for Monday, Oct. 20 at the Board of Realtors on San Marco Road. Headed by Marco Island realtor and 45-year resident Marv Needles, the task force is seeking input from the general public and other organizations impacted by privately-owned properties rented as vacation properties. The first planning board meeting of the month held Oct. 3 was well-attended by homeowners negatively impacted by noise and trash generated by the occupants of short-term rental properties. Homeowner John DeFalco of Galleon ... Read More »

Crossfit Challenge Hits Marco Beach

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Crossfit is exploding as the latest fitness craze. It puts going to “work out” to an EXTREME level. For the second year in a row, Fit Nation Box Battles has brought a crossfit challenge to the beaches of Marco Island. Enthusiastic athletes came from all over the state and blew up the beach! The event consisted of a series of professionally designed fitness tests that measure strength, endurance, balance, speed, precision, agility and power. Co-ed teams consisted of two males and two females that challenged their physical and mental fortitude while having the extent of ... Read More »

Gas Prices, Angels and Parking

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net We’ve heard a lot about price of fuel recently. Last week I had to make an emergency trip to Ohio and the price of gas up there averaged $3.05 per gallon and a few places dipped down to $2.99. Don’t you wonder what happened down here? You don’t happen to think that the owners of the gas stations are trying to gouge the visitors to our community (and of course us as well) because they know they can get it? They know they have us over a barrel (a little pun there) if we want ... Read More »

Come Wiz Me to Ze Casbah!

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By Carol Glassman When we were invited to come to the kasbah/casbah on a recent trip that included a visit to Tangier, Morocco, we agreed to go, not sure what to expect. A little too old and wrinkled to worry about being kidnapped into the white slave trade, and not unrealistic enough to expect Bogie or Bergman in a Casablanca setting, we did however prepare by removing all jewelry, dressing modestly and leaving anything of value on the ship. Thus disarmed, we followed the guide toward the medina. The sidewalks were filled with throngs of youngish, wildly enthusiastic young men ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Mary Beth Brown

Mary Beth Brown, 64, died October 8, 2014, in Naples, FL. She was born on June 16, 1950, to Alexander and Leona (Michalak) Dasky. Growing up, Mary Beth lived in Auburn (Fisherville), MI, where she graduated from St. Joseph High School, Bay City in 1968. She is the beloved wife of Bob Brown, whom she married 40 years ago on April 20, 1974, and dear sister of Monica (Terry) Hus of Auburn, MI, Patti (Russ) Friebe of Nashport, OH, Marcia (Bill) Reder of Auburn, MI, and Carol (The late Jerry) Vincent of Matthews, NC. She also is survived by many ... Read More »

PACE Collier’s ‘Love That Dress!’ Raises $112,000

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff With a record breaking 3,500 dresses and a number of new and returning sponsors PACE Collier’s 2014 “Love That Dress!” was destined to succeed, and it did, nearly doubling last year’s proceeds and reporting $112,000 raised. “Love That Dress!” is not only a feel-good community event, but it brings together local businesses, volunteers and community partners. The fourth annual event was held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Title Sponsor White House Black Market had an even bigger presence this year by providing thousands of pieces of jewelery that were sold for $5 ... Read More »

Answering the Call

Parked outside on display, were the departments fire-response and rescue vehicles. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com On Tuesday, Oct. 7, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week and in celebration of their 50th anniversary, the dedicated men and women of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department gave an interactive presentation at the Marco Island History Museum. The auditorium was filled with people eager to learn about the department’s past, present and future. Also, in the audience was Nick Macchiarolo, the 100th new-hire for the fire-rescue squad. Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Murphy opened the night by encouraging the audience to participate in each “show-and-tell” station demonstrating the different aspects of the department. The stations displayed ... Read More »

Cross Country Invitational Meet Gaining Popularity

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Students descended upon Mackle Park — all wearing the appropriate school colors — to enter the MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Cross Country Invitational. After some odd looking stretching and exercising on the field, they lined the start ready to race the clock — all 384 of them! The annual meet attracted 12 middle schools and 16 high schools from around the region. Of course, they didn’t all start at once; there were five races: high school boys, high school girls, middle school boys, middle school girls and an open race. Middle school-aged runners had a course ... Read More »

The Fitness Challenge Triathlon

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Was held on Marco Island recently and included a ¼ mile swim, 15 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. Hundreds entered the race, now in its fourth year. Only 15 years old and up were able to participate. Race results can be found at http://www.thefitnesschallengetriathlon.com/results.html   Read More »

Open for Business

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As the temperatures slowly start to cool and the daily amount of rainfall begins to dwindle, things are heating up on our small, seasonal island of Goodland. Heavier traffic and longer lines at the grocery store mark the return of our migrating snowbirds, flying south to escape their now frigid northern homes. By now, it’s common knowledge that I’m a huge fan of our live entertainment here. The musical acts that pass through, as well as our own local talent, are first-class. Last week, each Goodland establishment celebrated the opening of season with live music, and ... Read More »

Golf Tournament Benefits Arts Center

Players warm-up on the putting green at the Marco Island Center for the Arts Tournament.

By Pat Newman A perfect canvas of blue skies and green fairways set the scene for Saturday’s golf tournament hosted by the Island Country Club and benefitting the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Sixty golfers participated in the second annual event, raising a generous amount to support classes, workshops, lectures, gallery exhibitions and special events at the center, according to Executive Director Hyla Crane. “When considering this event, I looked to see how art and golf connect. Artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Hendrick Avercamp, Sir Henry Raeburn, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and the celebrated ... Read More »

MIA Homcoming Royalty

Marco Island Academy seniors Jessica Ragan and Ford McKee were surprised and very pleased when named this year’s Homecoming queen and king at half time of the football game on Oct. 10. Once all the court was introduced with their parents or friends, they all lined up by balloons with their names. When popped two balloons sprayed glitter to announce the king and queen. “When I saw the glitter, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was in awe,” said McKee. Ragan said, “I am so surprised and honored to be queen.” Members of the court included freshmen ... Read More »

Celtics Take MIA

Marco Island Academy cheerleaders perform in the community (first row from left) Caitlin Carlson, Sydney Feriozzi, Chantel Parks, Blake Dehooghe and Emily McRae, and (top row) Meagan Reisiner, Haley Havemeier, Caitlyn Schmidt, Larysa Chystik, Taylor Lowdermilk, Kaley Whitworth, Miranda Kinaman and Raquel Esquivel.

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy had St. John Neumann worried plenty, but the Celtics pulled away for a 42-24 win on Oct. 10. Spoiling MIA’s homecoming game, St. John Neumann couldn’t shake the Manta Rays until the last seven minutes of the contest. Worse, it was an important Class 2A District matchup that both teams needed in the five-team division. The district standings show favored First Baptist Academy at 3-0; St. John Neumann, 2-1; Evangelical Christian, 1-1; Moorehaven, 1-2; and MIA, 0-2. MIA travels to Evangelical Christian tonight (Oct. 17) for a 7 PM contest. The Manta Rays ... Read More »

MIA Swim Team: Few in Numbers, Fast in Pool

Alexander Berg is ready to charge into the water for his first 50 freestyle event as a member of the first Marco Island Academy swim team. photoS By Roger Lalonde

By Roger LaLonde roger@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island Academy’s swim team hosted its first-ever swim meet on Oct. 9. Although few in numbers — four girls and one boy — they did well under coach Kamal Farhat at the Marco YMCA Miss Dottie Pool. The girls, freshmen Lisa Cottage-Ramnick, Susan Faremouth and Sandra Martinez, with senior Livia Lenhoff, scored 47 points. Full teams, Lely, won with 78 and Golden Gate, 28, finished behind MIA. Alexander Berg, a freshman, is not only new to the swim team, but Marco Island. Berg came here from Helsingborg, Sweden the week before school started and is ... Read More »

Keep Calm and Boat On

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com Since moving to Florida almost one year ago, I’ve felt like a stranger in a strange land, a tourist most times, learning the lay of my new homeland with each different excursion. Until now, the various trips I’ve taken have always been structured with a fairly strict itinerary of stops and attractions, but I can honestly say, I’ve never felt more in control of my recreational destiny as when I went exploring with fellow Goodlander and owner and sole operator of Island Boat Trips Captain Mike Hewitt. Born in England and known locally as “English ... Read More »

MIA’s Key Club and Kiwanis of Marco

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By Gabriella Perez Marco Island Academy — being the only high school in the community of Marco — has quite an exceptional advantage than most charter schools would in other communities. Throughout the years, the community of Marco has provided support for MIA to grow and blossom into the remarkable school it is and will continue to be. One group in particular throughout the community of Marco has been accompanying MIA from the start. Four years ago, the Marco Island Kiwanis and members Gina Sisbarro and Gayle Thayer helped in establishing the academy’s very first Key Club, a program which ... Read More »

Bridge Over Troubled Water

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By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com From the moment I sat down on her couch, by far the most comfortable seat in her home-office on Marco Island, I was drawn in; and it wasn’t just because of her soft tone of voice. Psychotherapist, Carolyn Katchmar is a very interesting woman with a story I found myself relating to in many ways. Born and raised in southern Illinois, her life experiences seem to have all but fated her to choose this career path and help others using her acquired skills. Katchmar married her first husband at just 20 years old, and shortly after, ... Read More »